Meet the Physical Education Faculty

Dr. Rebecca Shangraw, Assistant Professor

Rebecca has a BS in exercise and sport science from Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH), an EdM in human movement education from Boston University and an EdD in curriculum and teaching from Boston University. Her research interest involves identifying and investigating recommended teaching practices to use when working with athletes who have hidden disabilities.

Kristin Cassidy, Adjunct Instructor

Kristin is a Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor and owner of her own Yoga & Spin studio, Bodhifit, located in Brattleboro. She has been teaching yoga for over 8 years and loves offering her practice to college students. Her yoga classes cater to all levels of fitness, offering a foundation and working up to a more challenging and compassionate dynamic flow connecting breath awareness with postures to tone, strengthen, revitalize, balance and restore the body & mind. She is committed to providing a safe, inspiring space which allows students to be and accept who they are as well as to access their own inner wisdom. She encourages her students to stay present in their experience and the unfoldment of each pose by exploring their edge in order to open to growth, possibility and transformation. She believes yoga is not about achieving the perfect pose but more about accepting yourself exactly as you are, however you are showing up. Kristin loves to share her passion for yoga and her intention is to inspire her students and create a positive impact. Students consistently report that Yoga helps them be to more relaxed and centered and better able to handle the challenges in life off the mat.

 

Cyndy Gray, Adjunct Instructor

Cyndy has been training in the traditional martial arts since 1998 and received the title of Sensei in 2006. Her training is in Okinawan Shorin-ryu, Kobudo, and Aiki-Budo. She teaches martial arts at the Brattleboro, VT School of Budo under Kyoshi Patrick Donahue.

 

 

 

Jim Ilson, Adjunct Instructor

Jim holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to his artistic background, Jim has spent the last 25 years practicing and the last 15 years teaching T'ai Chi. He was a member of the Universal T'ai Chi Chuan Circle School from 1983-1995 and has since joined the Long River T'ai Chi Circle in Amherst, MA. When he's not teaching at Landmark, Jim also teaches beginner T'ai Chi classes and advanced sword form in Brattleboro, VT and advanced T'ai Chi classes in Northampton and Amherst.

Dana Roberts, Assistant Director of Recreation and Outdoor Programs

Dana has a BS in Physical education with a concentration in Adapted Physical Education as well as an M.S.Ed. in Recreation with a focus on Outdoor and Environmental Education from the State University of New York at Cortland. She is also the Assistant Director of Recreation and Outdoor programs at Landmark College and when not teaching can be found providing outdoor recreation opportunities for students.

Erik Schmitt, Adjunct Instructor

Erik graduated from Marlboro College with a degree in Medieval History. During his undergraduate education, he began his formal training in multiple styles of Eastern and Western martial arts. Erik has operated a fencing school since 2005, teaching rapier classes across southern Vermont. When he is not teaching or training, he wields a hammer in his Brookline workshop, reproducing Medieval European armor.

Virginia Scholl, Faculty

Virginia holds degrees from Wellesley (B.A.), Antioch Graduate School (M.A.T.), and Smith (M.F.A.), in addition to a Certification in Laban Movement Analysis. She also has a first level certification in Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym) and has worked with Bill Hubert in Bal-A-Vis-X. Virginia has studies T'ai Chi and Chi Gong for five years and has practiced Holosync meditation for five years. She has taught modern dance at the Brattleboro School of Dance for 15 years.

Ellen Wood, Faculty

Resident Dean Ellen Wood began teaching volleyball at Landmark in the late 1990s. She was a member of the New Hampshire State Championship team in 1987 and won the Most Valuable Player and the "I Love to Practice" awards during her volleyball career.

John Wood, Faculty

John has been one of the foundations of the Physical Education Department since its creation in the late 1990s. He has coached basketball and baseball teams at Landmark since 1992. John Wood has been a Resident Dean since 1992, and he has been published in a variety of periodicals including, "Coach and Athletic Director Magazine."

Lorna Young, Adjunct Instructor

Lorna Young has been involved with therapeutic riding programs since the mid-70's when she graduated from, and went on to teach at, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta, Michigan. In 1980, back in her native New Hampshire, Lorna established Highlawn Riding for the Handicapped. A decade later, Lorna and her family relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, where she started the Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program. Lorna obtained her PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification in 1995 and accepted a Therapeutic Instructor position at Horse Power Therapeutic Horsemanship in Temple, New Hampshire. After two and a half  years as an Instructor at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Lorna returned to Vermont to take her current position as Program Director at the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center. As such, She is responsible for all aspects of the therapeutic program at Winchester Stables including teaching, volunteer training, clinics, workshops and events.